Using a scientific framework and a historical lens, the Putnam’s newest exhibit aims to answer one simple question: “Are we so different?”

“RACE: Are We So Different?” will be open seven days a week and included with regular museum admission.

Supported by a community team composed of area leaders, RACE encourages visitors to explore human variation and its impact on our lives during its four-month run.

The traveling exhibit aims to help visitors of all ages better understand the origins and manifestations of race in everyday life by investigating race and challenging its misconceptions.

The exhibit will be open during the Putnam’s regular hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Exhibit admission is included in the price of general admission — $9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3-18) and free for Putnam members. Seniors, college students and military save $1 on admission.


As part of the exhibit, visitors are welcome to contribute to a community-driven cultural heritage project by bringing in results from their ancestry kits — such as, 23andMe — or independent sharing genealogical research findings during their museum visit.

More information on the exhibit and ancestry project is available online at

“Race: Are We So Different?” at the Putnam is sponsored by the Regional Development Authority and Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.



About the Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for 150 years. And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family. Launch rockets or interact with a robot in the Science Center, “touch the untouchable” in the Augmented Reality Experience, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a tree house in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie and People. Also experience internationally recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in the GIANT Screen Theater with a screen towering six stories tall. Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

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